CLAFI Events

2020-2021 Update: CLAFI will continue to hold virtual events through Spring 2021. The full schedule of events for the Winter and Spring quarters can be found below.


Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
Associate Professor of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania

Lecture:
Every Eye is Upon Me: Portraiture and the First Ladies of the United States

Friday, February 26, 4:00pm

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is the Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania.  She received her PhD in art history from Stanford, has taught at Harvard, and has served as the Senior Historian and Director of Research, Publications, and Scholarly Programs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. She is the author of numerous publications on the art and culture of the United States, with an emphasis on issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. 

Seminar:
The Obama Portraits in Historical Context

Saturday, February 27, 10:30am- 12:30pm

The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama received a wide range of responses from both the art world and the general public, ranging from acclaim to disdain.  Participants and Professor Shaw will discuss these portraits in the context of more traditional presidential portraits.  Registration for the seminar is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited, advance enrollment is necessary. Enrollment will be primarily on a first come, first served basis, though preference is given to UCLA students and faculty members.  Participants will be expected to view the portraits and read some related materials before the seminar and be ready to discuss them.  To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at lowenstein@law.ucla.edu.  A Zoom link for the seminar will be sent to participants.


Michael Lewis
Williams College Art Historian

Lecture:
The Building that Broke My Heart: How to Judge Architecture

Friday, April 2, 4:00pm

Michael Lewis is the Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History at Williams College, where he has taught modern architecture and American art since 1993. He is also the architecture critic for the Wall Street Journal.  He has taught at Bryn Mawr College, McGill College in Montreal, and the University of Natal in South Africa.  His books include August Reichensperger: The Politics of the German Gothic Revival (1993), and Art and Architecture (2006).  His most recent book, City of Refuge (2016), a study of millennial utopias, was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Seminar:
Subject to be announced.

Saturday, April 3, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Registration for the seminar with Michael Lewis is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited, advance enrollment is necessary. Enrollment will be primarily on a first come, first served basis, though preference is given to UCLA students and faculty members.  Readings for the seminar will be assigned and participants will be expected to read and be ready to discuss them.  To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at lowenstein@law.ucla.edu.  The Zoom link for the seminar will be provided to enrolled participants.


Stephen Dickey
UCLA Department of English

Lecture:
Deploying Shakespeare in the Civil War Era

Thursday, April 15, 7:30pm

Stephen Dickey is a Senior Lecturer in the UCLA English Department.  He is one of the most popular of UCLA’s very strong group of Shakespeare scholars and teachers.  He has received numerous teaching awards, including in 1993 the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest UCLA has to offer.  He taught Shakespeare to high school teachers for fifteen years on the faculty of the Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute, an NEH-supported program.  Recent publications have been on Romeo and Juliet, the Henry IV plays, and the subject of his CLAFI lecture, American interest in Shakespeare during the Civil War period.  He appeared on a panel at CLAFI’s very first public event, a Lincoln celebration in 2009, the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth.

Seminar:
Subject to be announced

Saturday, April 27, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Registration for the seminar with Stephen Dickey is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited, advance enrollment is necessary. Enrollment will be primarily on a first come, first served basis, though preference is given to UCLA students and faculty members.  Participants will be expected to read assigned materials or view a movie in advance of the seminar and participate actively in the discussion.  To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at lowenstein@law.ucla.edu.  The Zoom link for the seminar will be provided to enrolled participants.